exhibited at the Krakow Aviation Museum
The Albatros C.I was the first of the successful C-series of two-seat general-purpose biplanes built by Albatros Flugzeugwerke during the First World War. Based on the unarmed Albatros B.II, the C.I reversed the pilot and observer seating so that the observer occupied the rear cockpit which was fitted with a ring-mounted 7.5 mm Parabellum machine gun.
When the C.I first appeared in early 1915, its good handling and powerful 150-hp Benz Bz.III engine gave it an edge over most Allied aircraft. While the C.I was operated mainly in a reconnaissance and observation role, it also had some success as an early fighter aircraft - Oswald Boelcke claimed his first victory while flying a C.I with Lt. von Wühlisch as the gunner. Germany's most famous First World War aviator, Manfred von Richthofen, also began his career as an observer in the C.I on the Eastern Front.
A dual-control variant, designated the C.Ib, was built for as a trainer aircraft by Mercur Flugzeugbau. Improvements to the C.I resulted in the Albatros C.III which became the most prolific of the Albatros C-types.
Source: Wikipedia Albatros C.I article
All pictures on this pages are © Janusz Światłoń , who kindly contributed to IdFlieg,
and are originally displayed on the Aircraft in the Polish Air Force - Painting and Markings 1918-1945 website.
Please note that these pictures are for private use only!
Engine area views of the Albatros CI
Gallery navigation hints: to see all the pictures as a slideshow, simply click on the right or left side of the opened picture to navigate to the next/previous one. Close the slideshow anytime by clicking the Close button at the bottom.